Beau­ti­ful ways to BEAT THE HEAT!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL - laura.bermingham@mailon­sun­day.ie

Sun-kissed, flaw­less skin and tum­bling beach-tou­sled ten­drils: th­ese lofty ideals may be what we aspire to in sum­mer but in re­al­ity, when we hit higher tem­per­a­tures, our skin glis­tens with an oily shine and our hair swells with hu­mid­ity. There prob­a­bly are some women for whom beach chic is ef­fort­less, and good luck to them. For the rest of us, we need ex­tra help in the heat to avoid look­ing hot and both­ered, with a gi­ant bar­net!

Start­ing off with your skin, hot­ter weather tends to means ex­tra face oil as your pores re­lax and open, giv­ing you a shiny face to con­tend with. To beat this oili­ness, choose your sun­care wisely. As you would with sk­in­care, pick a sun­screen suit­able for your skin type. Drier skin will need hydration as well as sun pro­tec­tion — this you will find in a rich lo­tion or cream sun­screen; try Soltan Face Mois­tur­is­ing Cream SPF 30 (€6.49, Boots).

Com­bi­na­tion or oily skin does not need any ad­di­tional mois­ture for the most part, so buy an oil-free SPF gel or light lo­tion in­stead. Th­ese types of sun­screen are be­com­ing com­mon be­cause not only do they help the skin re­sist higher tem­per­a­tures but they work ex­tremely well un­der make-up so they dou­ble as great pro­tec­tion on the beach but also for ev­ery­day wear in cities that have hot sum­mers. Clin­ique’s CC Hydrating Colour Cor­rec­tor SPF 30, € 35, and El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Eight Hour Sun De­fense Face SPF 50, €48, are two ex­cel­lent op­tions. The for­mer in­cludes some colour so it can work as both sun­care and foun­da­tion when the tem­per­a­ture rises.

Damp un­der­arm patches are the worst sum­mer ac­ces­sory, so if you are a suf­ferer, check the sweat- con­trol prod­uct you’ve been us­ing. De­odor­ant works to neu­tralise the bac­te­ria on the skin while ad­di­tional fra­grances mask nasty niffs caused by any re­main­ing bac­te­ria and sweat re­leased in the armpit. An­tiper­spi­rant, on the other hand, ac­tu­ally fills the sweat gland, form­ing a plug to block the re­lease of sweat, and any ad­di­tional fra­grance is to mask sweat that breaks through. An an­tiper­spi­rant/de­odor­ant per­forms in both ways by block­ing sweat and neu­tral­is­ing bac­te­ria. If your sweat­ing is se­vere, talk to your lo­cal phar­ma­cist about clin­i­cal-strength op­tions.

Fi­nally, hu­mid­ity swells the hair shaft — what looked nicely dried and styled at home can be­come a hor­rid head of frizz mid­way through the day. So try this. Mois­turise your hair with a light­weight masque to tame frizz with­out weigh­ing down your tresses. Be­fore blow- dry­ing, run a drop of serum or hair oil through the lengths of your hair to block out hu­mid­ity. Af­ter styling, fin­ish off with a spritz of anti-hu­mid­ity hairspray — Red­ken’s Pure Force 20 Fin­ish­ing Spray (€14.20, from salons) gives 24-hour hu­mid­ity re­sis­tance and eight hours’ con­trol; use it all sum­mer long for silky locks!

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